Just the math

This is the question.

Do you want to pay more income taxes or do you want the rich to pay more? Please make a check mark with your answer.

( ) I want to pay more income taxes

( ) I want the rich to pay more income taxes.

This is the essence, the substance, of what was asked voters at the Nov. 6 polls.

You do not need to be a Rhodes scholar to know what most people answered.

From this statistic, the Republican Party is caving in and afraid the middle class will hold them responsible for going over the "fiscal cliff" and will vote them out in the next election.

Here is a reality check. As reported on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, these are the facts. These facts are from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.

The top 1 percent of Americans pay 39 percent of the income taxes.

The top 20 percent of Americans pay 94 percent of the income taxes.

The rest, the remaining 80 percent of Americans, pay 6 percent of the income taxes.

So the last question is, are the House Republican leaders too dumb not to explain this to the American public or just without a backbone or both?

Roger Ewing,

Hays